California has made a miracle marijuana goal when it managed to bring $23.3 billion in sales, beating experts’ estimates and surpassing other commodities in 2016. But even though smoking weed, selling and cultivation of the herbs have been legalized recently in November 2016 through Proposition 64 for recreational use, the Golden State is the first to legalize medical marijuana through Proposition 215 in 1996.

Many surprises have occurred since the people desire for widespread cannabis legalization. As we always inform in Ganjly, cannabis activism is kicking and alive and it’s smoking hell for those who put hurdles to make the substance accessible for those in need.

We also had a great hurrah and a lot of cheer when the Prop 64 was eventually passed. But what we also have to know is that even though smoking weed for recreational purpose is now legal, it doesn’t mean you can do it anywhere. The measure is specifically named the “Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act”. So that means, marijuana is regulated, controlled even though it has been legalized, which in a way, is a good thing so we can’t have an anarchical stoner society.

As a guide for those who wish to buy and smoke weed in California, we have these pointers for you to consider and bring along.

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1. Buying marijuana and consuming it is legal for 21 years or older.

That says it all. You can only possess recreational marijuana if you are old enough, similar to the legal drinking age.

2. Adults can only possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana.

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That’s the thing you have to take in mind when you go pot shopping at your nearest dispensaries.

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And though it is now legal to smoke pot for recreational intention, you have to have a medical marijuana card to buy in existing dispensaries.

Well, I know, that sucks but retail marijuana stores can only get license to sell recreational pot starting January 1, 2018.

3. Check for the label when you buy marijuana strains.

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It is now required for sellers to put in their packaging the necessary info such as net weight, origin, age, and type of the product.  The milligram amount per serving of tetrahydrocannabinol, cannabidiol, and other cannabinoids should be indicated in the packaging.

This is very important if you want to know the THC content and if the strain as indicated in the packaging is really the right product you want to buy.

Marijuana is not just the flower or the leaf or the cannabis sativa you may have known. Many cultivators produce a variety of strains and this is something you should know.

4. Be careful where you smoke.

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Smoking in public is prohibited in California. Where smoking tobacco is prohibited, you should also be mindful. Plus, you are not allowed to smoke where it is near in school.

Also, smoking weed while driving is illegal in California.

5. Buy seeds for cultivation at home.

Within Prop 64, it is legal now to cultivate up to 6 plants at home. If you don’t want to make frequent visits to dispensaries, you may as well have to get the seeds so you can plant them at home. That would make the pot more accessible to you.

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We may have to wait for almost a year to buy recreational pot in dispensaries, but it doesn’t mean you also have to be stone cold waiting for that to happen.

You may have buddies with legal ID to cultivate marijuana where you can ask for weed in California. As long as you are of the right age and you don’t smoke anywhere where it is prohibited, you’re good.

But of course, it is important to familiarize yourself with Proposition 64.

The recent cannabis law in California doesn’t put exception to anyone. “Ignorance of the law excuses no one”.